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Photinia ×fraseri Dress


Red robin

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassRosidaeRoses, legumes, proteas, dogwoods, hydrangeas, mistletoes, euphorbias, grapes, many more
OrderRosalesRose family and eight others
FamilyRosaceaeIncludes apples, apricots, plums, cherries, peaches, pears, raspberries, strawberries, almonds, roses, meadowsweets, photinias, firethorns, rowans, and hawthorns; many others
GenusPhotiniaNew Latin, from Greek phōteinos, “shining, bright” (from phōt-, phōs, “light”) + New Latin -ia; a reference to shiny leaves
Species×fraseriAfter Scottish plant collector John Fraser (1750 - 1811)

About plant names...

Fraser’s photonia is not native to North America. It is a popular landscape plant, though it is susceptible to leaf rot disease.

Plants: Shrubs are evergreen, more or less upright oval in shape, up to 10-18' (3-5.5 m) × 8-12' (2.4-3.7 m).

Leaves: New leaves and stems are bronze to copper to bright red, darkening to a glossy dark green. Leaves are leathery, elliptic to oval, with finely serrated margins, 4-8" (10-20 cm).

Flowers: Flowers are white, ¼" (8.4 mm), in panicles up to 5-6" (12-15 cm) long. They appear in late April, and smell unpleasant.

Fruits: Red berries that persist through the winter.

Online References:

Photinia ×fraseri at the University of Florida Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences

Photinia ×fraseri on hort.ifas.ufl.edu

Photinia ×fraseri on www.uaex.edu

Photinia ×fraseri (red robin)

4/10/2011 · Chris & Kelley’s, Alexandria, VA
≈ 7 × 4½" (17 × 11 cm)

Photinia ×fraseri description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Photinia ×fraseri (red robin)

4/10/2011 · Chris & Kelley’s, Alexandria, VA
≈ 8 × 5" (19 × 13 cm)

Photinia ×fraseri (red robin)

4/10/2011 · Chris & Kelley’s, Alexandria, VA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Photinia ×fraseri (red robin)

4/10/2011 · Chris & Kelley’s, Alexandria, VA
≈ 14 × 9" (35 × 23 cm)

Range: Zones 7b-9b:

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